Monday, February 27, 2006

2003 Cast-offs Revisited!

Ahh, remember the year 2003? I conjure up sepia-toned memories of Britney and Madonna sucking face on the MTV Awards, Shania Twain's "Party for Two" remora-like hold on my brain, and a wacked-out Saddam Hussein being found in a dirt hole. It was also when Tommy Salo singlehandedly derailed the Oilers season, letting any ol' fluttering shot from the point ruin our chances for making the playoffs.

But what about the rest of the cast of our madcap team, I ask. Where are the Oilers of yesterseason?


GP: 43 5G 17PT

He's on pace to do the same as '03, so... good riddance? Just because he's a huge guy, hockey GMs have always taken a chance on the Iz, hoping he'd blossom into some sort of scoring power forward. With these numbers, he might make it on the second line in Columbus, but he's shown us for ten years that he is no top six forward. Throw in the fact that he's lazy, useless on a checking line and shows up to camp looking fat, we can only wish him luck in future endeavours.

MIKE YORK (NY Islanders)
GP:56 11G 43PTS

Back in July when I was a hockey blogging
naif, I may have creamed my jeans a little too hard on Mike York. We're the same age, both of us are short, and I really wanted to make a point about how bad
the trade for Mike Peca was. I still think the trade was kind of silly (although Peca has grown on me) but with the Islanders Mike York has looked smallish and more like a complementary player than I thought he was. He was still an underrated Oilers maniac in 2003, playing through a compounded fractured finger and bum wrist, but not the key ingredient I thought he was. I'd still do-over the trade, though.

GP: 32 9PTS -17

The poor bastard. Brewer was the only player to really question Oilers Ownership on their "poor market" lockout rhetoric, and I wonder if this helped the Oilers in deciding he wasn't the defenceman of the future. That or St. Louis offered us Chris Pronger. Going to a team that sucks seems to be always a setback for many players (just ask Patrick Lalime), so he's sure to bounce back,

PETR NEDVED (Philadelphia)

GP: 33 3G 16PTS

The one that got away... because he wanted to get away. What's the story again? Supermodel wife took one look at South Edmonton Common from the airport, I think is how the story goes. That's okay. He managed to pull every square inch of his groin for the first half of the season. Still a good playoff weapon, but an expensive weapon that would have had to fit somewhere after our other centres Horcoff and Stoll. Na shledanou, Petr!

SCOTT FERGUSON (Minnesota/Houston)

If you will refer to "In the System" from the 1997 Oilers media guide, and look past the Descoteauxs, the Chris Hajts, the Ladislav Benyseks, past that guy from my Junior High who was an asshole, you'll see Scott Ferguson, one of the few success stories in late 90s Oilers development. A defensive defenceman, limited in skill, he still made it as a semi-regular defenceman in the 2000s until he was ironically replaced by Alexei Semenov (who I guess, wasn't ready afterall).

On the bright side, he's an injury or two away from getting back to the NHL, and when he does I hope it's Hemsky who skates circles around him in the playoffs.


Um, all I can find is an incredible 8 PIM in no games played for a team called Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The Hockey Bird says he went there for the money, and I'm sure he's not bored there: Wikipedia says it has the oldest theatre in Russia, excellent public transportation and many Orthodox churches. If I were an aging thirdstring backup, I'd explore the world, too.

MIKE BISHAI (San Antonio)

We lost this guy because we don't have an AHL team. That and he never really picked it up during the Roadrunners disappointing 2004 season. Of course, I wasn't in Edmonton to see much of the team, so maybe Covered In Oil readers could fill in the blanks on what happened to Bishai. Not scoring in 14 games with the Oilers might explain it, although knowing MacT he probably had a grand total of 38 minutes played in those games.


Wait, how'd he get in here? Ah Bobo, we'll always love you.


Colby Cosh said...

Fun Oiler castoff fact: the current scoring leader in the Finnish Elite league is a certain Tony Salmelainen (25-21-46 with a +18 in 47g).

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, CIO...

Brushback said...

Steve Valiquette has the third-best goals against average in the Russian Super League so far this season (1.88 in 41 games played), with a .925 save pct and 4 shutouts.

His team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, is in second place.

mike w said...

Thanks Brushback.

I knew there was a reason Sather wanted him back.